Thank you to everyone who made the effort to bring along a team to our last two days of SEND Ten Pin Bowling. It was an absolute pleasure to stand outside the venue and welcome you all to our first events of this year.
I cannot remember the last time I heard such loud cheers and laughter from such happy children, it was truly amazing. I am very sure that the children who took part will remember their experiences for some time to come.

Primary schools in England will benefit from better PE lessons and improved sport opportunities next year

£320 million PE and Sport Premium will help schools prioritise physical activity with education, as schools build back better from the pandemic

Schools to carry forwards underspends of PE and Sport Premium and prioritise longer-term physical recovery  

Primary school children in England will benefit from higher quality PE lessons and better sport opportunities, the Education Secretary has announced today.  

Backed by a £320 million investment, the PE and Sport Premium will encourage children to play more sport, increase their social skills, and improve their physical activity after lockdown. Schools will also be able to improve the quality of their teaching and make longer-term, sustainable changes to their lessons.  

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:  “I am pleased to announce that we will continue to fund the PE and Sport Premium next year, so primary schools can continue to prioritise children’s physical wellbeing alongside education recovery. 

“Children’s physical health has never been more important, and I am proud that this investment will build on our actions across government to support this activity – including through our School Sport and Activity Action Plan, and our £10.1 million investment helping school sport facilities and swimming pools.”   

The funding, for the next academic year, can be used by schools alongside any money leftover from the PE and Sport Premium grant this year or last. These underspends can be used by schools until 31 July 2022, and will help them to prioritise physical activities, sport and physical education with mental health and wellbeing support, or education catch up and tutoring.  

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said:  “Today’s announcement confirming the PE and Sport Premium for the next academic year gives schools the opportunity to improve the quality of their sport provision and plan ahead with their funding. It is vital all children have an active start in life, and our continued investment will play an important part in their development and recovery from the pandemic.”  

The funding builds on the ambitious School Sport and Activity Action Plan, which will be updated later this year.  

The government is working closely with the sector to improve children and young people’s physical activity, including through investment; building on core content for physical activity in the health and relationships school curriculum; and working across the sector to produce targeted videos, guidance, and support to continue to prioritise PE, sport and physical activity.   

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, said:   “We welcome the confirmation of further PE and Sport Premium funding for the next academic year. Their time at school is a huge part of how children can engage with the activity they enjoy, and which can also support them to focus and learn. After a year of significant disruption to children’s activity levels and schooling, a high-quality PE and sport offer, boosting their health and wellbeing, has never been more important.” 

Sue Wilkinson MBE, CEO of Association for Physical Education, said:  “The Association for Physical Education is delighted that the Primary PE and Sport premium will continue for an additional year and that schools will be able to carry over any underspend. This will enable schools to plan for sustainable solutions to ensure that all their children will be able to access high-quality PE and physical activity. Now more than ever, it is critical that we place PE front and centre in schools, to prioritise all children’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive wellbeing and development – and we believe schools will be a key driver in achieving the best outcomes for all.” 

Ali Oliver MBE, CEO of the Youth Sport Trust said:  “The confirmation of the Primary PE and Sport Premium today is such welcome news.  The importance of daily physical activity, weekly physical education, and regular opportunities for all children to enjoy sport has never been more important to young people’s wellbeing, education, and development. This investment and the opportunities it will support should be recognised as an important contributor to our national recovery. Not only will it help accelerate young people’s physical recovery but it should also bring fun, enjoyment, and reconnection, as well as supporting their re-engagement in the classroom. 

“Next week schools across the country will be holding sports days as part of National School Sport Week and celebrating the important and powerful role of school sport and PE in improving lives. There is huge demand from schools, parents, carers, and young people for more opportunities to be active and get outdoors, as well as a growing consensus on the need for PE and sport to be positioned at the core of the curriculum. This funding should help many primary schools to improve provision of PE and sport and develop teachers’ confidence to deliver it.” 

Cheryl Stennett
GSSN Network Manager /  School Games Organiser
Panathlon - Robinswood clinch National Primary glory

Robinswood Primary Academy pupils were crowned Panathlon National Primary champions at the Copper Box Arena on Thursday after edging out highly experienced rivals Barr View who were last year's inaugural winners and Drapers’ Brookside from London.

Robinswood pupils comfortably won Group 1 to secure the title, they edged defending champions Barr View from Birmingham into second, Barr View had won Group 3 and the Group 2 winners Drapers’ Brookside, our reigning London champions came in third.

With 136 competitors from 18 schools from all four corners of the country descending on the London 2012 venue, competition was fierce. That made Robinswood’s victory all the sweeter – especially for one pupil, Panathlon debutante Alisha Lee, 10.

“It’s awesome being a newcomer int the school team and coming to a place like this. It’s so cool. I don’t get to be in the school teams and I’ve never won first place in anything. My only other medal was for a house team competition and I only came fourth place – this is my first ever gold and I’m a national champion!”

“It’s been phenomenal,” said Stewart Radcliffe, a teacher at Robinswood, whose pupils won Group One by a mammoth 11 points ahead of nearest challengers Albert Pye from Suffolk.

Mr Radcliffe added: “To represent the school at this huge arena is excellent for our children who don’t tend to participate in any other sporting events. It helps them concentrate and boosts their self-esteem massively. They’ve been talking about it ever since they found out we had qualified.”

Such was Robinswood pupils’ excitement at coming to the Copper Box Arena, they invited two pupils – Jerry Powell and Kieran Lewellyn-Everett – who had helped them qualify but had since moved on to secondary school. “We felt they couldn’t miss out so contacted the high school and they were desperate to be part of it,” said Mr Radcliffe.





We are very pleased to see the recent publication of this action plan which builds on the success of the PE/Sport Premium and School Games. Once the funding has been announced which will support its implementation we can start to move forward with our own Gloucester City Action Plan.

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